Getting Your Home Ready for Sale – Part II

Getting Your Home Ready For Sale – Part II

Maximizing your house’s interior

Now that you have made a favorable impression on potential buyers with your beautiful curb appeal, don’t disappoint with the interior. A few simple “touches” and “polishes” will again translate into favorable impressions and higher offers. To enhance your house’s interior, check the following and make changes as indicated:

  • Thoroughly clean every room in every nook and cranny, and remove all clutter, including excess children’s toys
  • Make arrangements to have a professional cleaning service come in every 1-2 weeks while the house is on the market
  • Items you rarely use, but intend to keep, should be packed up and moved offsite
  • Mend cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles
  • Consider painting dingy, soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as beige or off-white. Paint the ceiling and trim white for a sharp and clean contrast. Neutral colors make rooms appear larger and help prospective buyers picture their own belongings in your house. The same strategy should be applied to floor coverings that you replace
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork
  • Inspect and repair your plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads
  • Buy and display showy, new towels in the bathroom(s) and kitchen
  • If your kitchen needs major updating, give it a lift with new cabinet hardware, new curtains and/or a coat of neutral paint.

Bonus Tip #1:

The fewer belongings in your house and garage, the larger your space will look. Consider renting off-site storage for extra belongings while your house is on the market. Remember, buyers will also ask to see your garage. Stuffing the garage to the rafters will only give buyers the impression that the house is too small for the average family.

Bonus Tip #2:

Hold your moving sale BEFORE you put your house on the market.

Bonus Tip #3:

Many home shows on TV are dedicated to getting homes ready for sale. One favorite is HGTV’s Designed To Sell. Check out a couple of these informative and entertaining programs.

Need more tips on getting your home ready for sale?

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KRISTENPELL
Realtor® | SWFL Region
Treeline Realty Corp.
239.292.9404 (c) | 239.989.0138 (f)
www.kristenpell.com<–Search the MLS for FREE!
“Buy or Sell…Think Pell!” ™

 

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Posted on November 1, 2012, in Real Estate and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the tips. Will keep in mind while selling.

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